I have a 13 year old quarter horse mare, she has ran barrels but has been in the field for two years, I have been working her for two months and we have gotten good times
Was she a finished
barrel horse when she was turned out 2 years ago?
How often do you work the barrels with her?
What have you been doing in those 2 months to condition her? How many times per week do you ride and what do you do?
i took her to a fair show and something spooked her and she did not want o go back in the ring they made me take her out as she was becoming frantic
That is entirely up to the management at the show. If they think a horse is getting unruley and unsafe, they have every right to ask the contestant to leave the arena. It's for safety.
ever since she will go around her barrels very good but on the back side of the barrel she will turn her head sideways and bite her bit and pull against me and side step pass the time back to the gate. I ride her in a jr. cowhorse bit but idk if that could be too rough on her she doesnttake much pressure in her mouth to turn she knows when i aks her to turn,
Do you have a video
of you running barrels on her? Or working the barrels?
Does she do this in both directions or just in one direction?
This would sound to me like a tooth issue, but you said you had her seen by an equine dentist.
Has she been checked by a chiropractor?
at home she will do th pattern perfect but when she gets in a ring she is terrified, I had a equine dentist to check her teeth and float them just incase she was hurting.
I'd have her checked by a chiro and see what that comes up with. If the chiro suspects anything, definately have a vet check too.
If pain turns out to not be the issue, then you've got some serious re-training to do with this mare. She doesn't respect the bit and doesn't respect you.
What does the mouthpiece look like on your Jr. Cowhorse?
Your best bet is to go back to a snaffle at home and re-train her to be softer to the bit and your leg/seat aids. Then go do some shows, either doing exhibitions only on the barrels, or doing something completely different than barrels (cow, reining, WP, etc). Right now, the arena is a scary and frightening place.
Either way, she's not listening to you and being downright disrespectful. You've got to slow down your pattern and do things other than barrels, to get her to listen
to you again and do as you ask.
If you have a video, that really would be best to see what's going on.